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Experienced Kiwi killed in France

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 21/06/2016

Russell Braddock © Facebook Russell Braddock

The New Zealand skier killed in an avalanche in France was an experienced mountaineer and well known in the alpine community.

Russell Braddock, 60, was killed on Monday on 4248m Mont Blanc du Tacul.

The avalanche may have been triggered by French mountain police during a training exercise, English language website The Local reports.

Two gendarmes were also swept away by the snowfall. They survived but the New Zealander's body was later found in deep snow.

The Search and Rescue Institute New Zealand paid tribute to Mr Braddock on its Facebook page, saying his death was a huge loss to the New Zealand and international climbing community.

According to the Chamonix Tinderbox Ski School, where Mr Braddock worked, he had been a fully qualified mountain guide since 1987.

He had worked in South America, North America, Nepal and the European Alps and he also trained ski patrollers in New Zealand.

A huge loss to the NZ and International climbing community with the death of Russell Braddock on Mt Blanc. Condolences go out to his family and friends.

Posted by SARINZ on Tuesday, 21 June 2016

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